Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble...

Remember I promised pictures of Rachael in Macbeth? Well here they are. Thanks to Amber for getting them off of Facebook! Rachael is in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The ladies were all different kinds of witches. Rachael was one of two snake witches. I love the snake entwined in her hair!

I think she has way too much fun at work.

All in a Line

When we first started this blog, we made fun of some recurring themes that we found in other blogs. One was a fascination with things in a row. It appears to still be an ongoing thing. I wonder what a therapist would think of my random choices? hatchets, phones (phallic symbols?), weird hands and ribbon. Hmmmmm . . . . . . .

Okay these aren't in a line but they have a creepiness about them don't they? Via

Thursday, October 28, 2010


So it appears that my girls have been holding out on me. A few years they bought each other aebleskiver pans to make little Danish pancake balls. And they never told me about these little lovelies!! Rachael made me some when I was visiting last weekend. She filled some with peach jam and some with Nutella. Oh my they were fantastic. Check out the pan below.

Don't they look yummy?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Weekend in Chicago and Other Shennanigans

I spent the weekend with Rachael and Pete. I had a fabulous visit. Rachael was in an opera with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is in the chorus and was a snake witch in Macbeth. I had the best time! She took me backstage to the dressing rooms. It is HUGE back there. I met several of the other choristers. Each of them has a big dressing table with lit mirrors. All of her costumes were hanging behind her. There is even a wig room with everyone's multiple wigs. Rachael's witch wig was red with a green snake coiled around it. I will post pictures soon.

The set was amazing. It was clad in stainless steel. Very dark and scary!

The show was on Sunday. Rachael had a rare Saturday off. We went downtown and I went to the Merchandise Mart for the first time. We looked at very expensive bathrooms and kitchens. Next we had a late lunch at The Purple Pig. It is situated on the river. It was a beautiful unusually warm day. We sat outside under the purple tent. It specializes in small plates and pork. Rachael and I shared several yummy selections.

The tent was set up just past these gates.

We ordered this pannini. It's a very small picture of a small plate. If you are ever in Chicago you should give The Purple Pig a try.

Remember I featured heart cut out pictures from a while ago. Well crafty Rachael was inspired and made one to go in her bedroom makeover. Isn't it pretty? It's not on the wall crooked, I took the picture weird.

It's hard to tell, but she has an accent wall of wallpaper. It is metallic silver flowers on a white background. It is very cool. This picture doesn't do it justice.

Look at sassy Sammy enjoying a rest on the white duvet cover.

I flew home on Monday evening. Miss Veronica was under the weather. She is an old kitty with lots of aches and pains. But this time I just needed to take her in to the vet. Well, many dollars later and a night's stay at the vet, she is back home. I put her in the crate so she can rest without Arnie the big red menace jumping on her and wanting to play. At first I thought he was sitting outside her crate to keep her company and then I caught him stealing her food through the bars. What a brat!

Poor Miss V was dehydrated, had a bladder infection, her kidneys are compromised and she may have cancer. I will get the test results back next week. In the meantime she is on antibiotics for the infection and she now has prescription cat food for her kidneys.

She has always been a cantankerous kitty. She hisses when it rains. She yells at you when she thinks something may upset her. I call it preemptive retaliation. I hope that feisty spirit keeps her going.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Getting Ready for Halloween

I love Halloween. It is a great time for crafty projects. Here are a few inspirations that might tempt you. The LEGO how-to is for M. He made a snowman on a recent visit. I thought he might have fun with the pumpkin!

You can find links to all the above DIY projects at

A cool LEGO DIY via

DIY picture holders via

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Fun

Amber and her family came up for the weekend. It was the Apple Festival in Charlevoix. They have come up north for the festival for seven years since M was a baby. And now Beans has been to her first festival. We went to Bolt Farm and bought pumpkins. We also attempted the corn maze while there.

We went to Friske Orchard and had a snack of apple cider and fresh, hot sugar donuts. Beans and brother loved the playground while we were there.

On Sunday we went to Pond Hill Farm. It was crazy busy but everyone got a turn at the squash rocket. Amber had the best form. Here's a shot of the happy family with the really big pumpkins.

We had a terrific time. The weather was wonderful and the fall colors were beautiful.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Weekend Recap

I spent the weekend at Amber's. I was supposed to babysit while she and Mike went to a wedding. But on Friday night Mike wasn't feeling well so Amber and I did a little shopping and then ended up in Clarkston for dinner. We had an hour wait at the Woodshop restaurant so we went window shopping and lucky us some stores were open till 9:00

We shopped at Frank and Me, a great little accessories store. They also served wine while we browsed. We went to KH Home, a design store. They also had wine and fondue. By the time we had finished all that wine, it was time for dinner and more wine :)

On Saturday, Mike still wasn't feeling well so they didn't go to the wedding. Amber and I made an IKEA run and I got my last 4 X 4 bookcase. Yeah. Check out this picture of Beans hanging out in her swing.

Look at those teeth!

This blog entry is wandering, however I wanted to share these great scarecrows. I took these pictures in front of the Charlevoix Library on Monday. There were many more but here is a sample.

Pretty spooky huh?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fantasy Shelves

I spent the weekend downstate with Amber and her family. I was supposed t0 babysit while they went to a wedding, but Mike has strep. Amber and I went to dinner on Friday night. I'll write more about that tomorrow. We also went to IKEA on Saturday so I could get my last big installment of Expedit bookshelves. I can't wait to open the last of the book boxes! I got home around 9:00 PM and got to looking at some of my favorite sites as I wind down before bed. Anyway I found these fabulous inspiration shelving units by Maria Yasko found via Enjoy!!

The shelves are made of Corian. Would you want to put books on them? I'm not sure. They're more like sculptures. I just can't picture Nora Roberts paperbacks on them.